Talk:Mauser 1918 T-Gewehr

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I think I read somewhere that John Browning adapted or at least studied the rounds from this weapon to create the .50BMG. -Anonymous

That's an enduring myth, actually. The US army actually tested the 13.2mm TUF round, which was semi-rimmed, in competition to a scaled up .30-06. The .30-06 based round won the competition and eventually became the .50 BMG. Interestingly the Germans had been working on a .50 cal MG of their own using the 13.2mm round, the MG.18, but it never entered service. - Nyles
- I think Nyles has it - I believe the deal was is that when we encountered the German 13mm, the Army requested having something similar. They may have had influence off the German round, but I agree that I too don't think actually worked off the German round as a base. IIRC, Winchester actually developed the .50 cal round, and Browning just made the gun to fire it. Indeed I recall always reading that the .50 cal round was just scaled up from existing .30-06 rounds, as Nyles said (With Browning simply scaling up his 1917/1919 guns to fire it). StanTheMan 17:40, 28 September 2010 (UTC)


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